The 2011 Prep Football season that started off over 15 weeks ago now is all but over. Only Oregon’s 6A Division has one last week left as Sheldon and Lake Oswego move on to have one final dance. For the rest of the Northwest it is all over now. And what a ride it was.
Here is a look at the two semi-final 6 A game and the OSAA State Football Championships:
Semi-Final #1: Jesuit VS Lake Oswego: Final Outcome Lake Oswego 21, Jesuit 13:
The Crusaders put up quite a battle and this game came down to the very last tick as Jesuit was on their 3 yard line and knocking on the door to make it 21-20 when time ran out. The Crusaders tried to stop the clock and many think that they did but it was waived of and time ran out on them and their season.
They have much to be proud of as they bounced back from a rocky start to the season and an incredible run of bad luck with injuries to key players. But this young team will be back fully loaded next year and will be looking to make a move at another shot at the Championship.
By moving on the Lake Oswego Lakers stay perfect and are now one game away from their first ever title. This team has seemed to have been one of destiny all year but can they put away the mighty Irish of Sheldon? This final Championship promises to be something really special indeed.
LO QB Alex Matthews threw 3 TD’s (2 to Griffin and 1 to Zach Walen) and Steven Long did just enough to pressure the Crusaders all night in the 21-13 win. The Lakers move on the the Championship this Saturday.
Semi-Final #2: Sheldon Irish VS Central Catholic Rams: Final Outcome Sheldon 18 – CC 9
This was a great game and the Central Catholic Rams came so close to winning it all. Fans were drawn into a battle in a terrific match up of the State’s most potent offense against perhaps the State’s best defense. Central Catholic no doubt has the best defensive end set in the State and their secondary is excellent as well.
That meant the odds of Sheldon making 45 plus points to keep up with their season average was going to be tough.
The Irish were not able to do too much offensively but they did do enough to get the win and move on to the Championship and the State will in fact see our #1 and #2 seeds go at it this weekend.
The Irish, who are now ranked #22 in the Nation, relied on the leadership and athletic toughness of Seniors Sam McCaskill and Dawson Housely who pulled off a huge play effectively making the winning score.
McCaskill forced a fumble in the end zone early in the third quarter and Housely streaked in and covered it for the TD helping Sheldon (13-0) to an 18-9 win over the Rams (10-3).
Dillon Miller the Irish QB who came into the game with 36 TD’s threw for only 206 yards and no TD’s but he also had no picks. Miller is smart and while he knew the game was close he refused to throw the ball into the tough coverage of the Rams on several occasions. This is what many see as his real strength. His ability to hold up under pressure and win the big games.
Junior Irish sensation Connor Strahm finished with 12 carries for 49 yards and caught five passes for 67 yards and a touch down that proved to be the winner.
Senior Hayward Demison rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries for Central Catholic and continued his toughness and overall effort that has helped propel the Rams through the playoffs.
The Irish move on to the big game late this week!
Mountainview Cougars 14, Sherwood Bowmen 13:
5A State Championship Ends In Thriller
Many said it could not be done. That the Sherwood Bowmen were unbeatable. Well the Mountainview Cougars got the job done by one point and brought a State Championship home to Bend for the first time since 1940.
Cody Hollister caught 12 passes for 146 yards and Dimitri Dillard ran for 110 yards for the Cougars of Bend. Sherwood came into the game with a 26 game win streak and were perfect on the season.
The Bowmen badly beat Mountainview earlier this year but the Cougars dedicated many hours to watching film and preparing. They did just that holding Sherwood to 186 yards of offense while they put up 430 yards.
Mountainview was actually trailing due to fumbling the ball twice and the Bowmen made the most of it scoring off the turnovers.
The Cougars Josh Smith provided the game-winning play scampering 43 yards for the winning touch down with 8:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to rally the Cougars from a six-point deficit.
Senior QB and team leader Jacob Hollister said that this win was something that the boys would remember forever and something that made their city proud. He remains one of the finest QB’s in the State of Oregon. What a great game and outcome for Jacob and his team as well as the City of Bend!
La Salle Prep 45, Siuslaw 40: 4A State Championship Title Game: The Battle for Perfection
It was a battle of two perfect teams and the top two running backs in the State in JJ Fisher for Lasalle and Sonny Tupua for Siuslaw. Both had over 2300 yards coming into the game.
La Salle Junior quarterback Mark Holenstein threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 72 yards. He also kicked a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter at the end of an eight-minute drive, giving the Falcons a 45-34 lead. They had to fight their way back after being down early and then hung on to win!
The amazing JJ Fisher ran for another 160 yards and had 4 TD’s on the night for the Falcons.
Siuslaw has an amazing back of their own in Sonny Tupua who worked hard in getting 126 yards on 20 carries and threw a touchdown on a halfback pass. He and Fisher will end the season with almost 2500 yards each and both will lead the State this season when the final numbers are all tallied up.
“It was a struggle but these kids earned the right to win it all,” said La Salle Head Coach Tim Bowman who in only his second year not only led the team to a perfect record but their first Championship in 45 years.
This is a special special win for those kids. We Congratulate them all.
The Santiam Christian Eagles 31- Dayton Pirates 28: 3A Championship One for the Ages
You could have not written a script better if you wanted to. A last second monster field goal by Santiam Christian kicker Jeff Hendrix brought home the championship. He kicked the ball 47 yards through the upwrites with a wild crowd screaming as he did. And boy it went through but not by much.
That would be the winning score in a wild one in which Dayton added two late touchdowns to tie the game up after being down 28-14. The SC Eagles had a 28-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the game, but Dayton, the winners of five championships and seven trips to the title game, refused to go quietly and stormed back.
Gold Beach 30 and Scio 0: 2 A State Championships
Quinn Jonston ran for 103 yards on 21 Carries and 2 TD’s to Pace Scio who closed out the perfect 14-0 season with the win over 12-2 Scio of the Willamette Valley.
Camas Valley 66, Perrydale 22: 1A State Championships
Eli Wolfe had 2 TD’s and 140 yards Camas Valley and three other players scored to win the game and finish the season perfect as well at 14-0 and a State Title.
What a great series we saw once again. The OSAA made the decision to move the Championship of the 6A to Jeld-Wen field and Fans will be wowed by the facility, the food, and the festivity of the 6A Final. This game has National implications and for both teams this will be the culmination of not only the year but the young lives of the players and their families!
The Game is at 1PM on the 10th of December and will be televised and on local Radio but this is one to be at live and in person!